Rock down to Electric Avenue – Sunderland green technology firm at centre of UK’s eco-friendly transport revolution

Mike Potter, managing director of Fleetdrive Electric and Lois Warne, technical advisor at Zero Carbon Futures and a project manager for My Electric Avenue.
Mike Potter, managing director of Fleetdrive Electric and Lois Warne, technical advisor at Zero Carbon Futures and a project manager for My Electric Avenue.
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SUNDERLAND technology company Zero Carbon Futures is helping check the impact of the green transport revolution on Britain’s electricity supply.

Zero Carbon Futures, based at the Skills Academy for Manufacturing and Innovation – next to Nissan – is working alongside the car firm, development specialist EA Technology, energy firms Northern Powergrid and Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution and Fleetdrive Electric, on the My Electric Avenue project.

The scheme aims to understand how demand on the electricity network will change as electric vehicles become more commonplace.

The company, which has installed more than 1,000 charge points across the North East, will oversee installation of the domestic charge points needed for the trials.

Managing director Dr Colin Herron said: “Over the past two years, we have worked hard to develop a strong track record in delivering low carbon vehicle projects.

“We are delighted our expertise has been recognised by leading players in the energy sector and to be partnering with them to deliver the My Electric Avenue project.”

My Electric Avenue is looking for clusters of 10 people or more in which everyone will drive an electric car for 18 months, trying out new technology which will monitor and control electricity demand.

The trial will see 100 Sunderland-built Nissan LEAFs made available to lease at a subsidised rate of just £100 a month.

Visit www.myelectricavenue.info.